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  • Blog Post: Controlling Printer Mappings via Group Policy & Scripts

    A question came up this morning from a customer who wants to create a GPO that applies to a group of machines and maps specific printers to those machines and does not allow logged on users to map additional printers to those machines or remove the already mapped printers. Unless running Windows Server...
  • Blog Post: VMM 2008 R2 in a Multi-Forest Environment

    In my continuing work on building a private cloud offering with Hyper-V and System Center, I started work on a scenario today where the “fabric” management infrastructure is in a different Active Directory forest than the fabric hosts. This would be something you could see in a multi-tenant hosting scenario...
  • Blog Post: PowerShell Analyzer

    By now most of you have probably been exposed to PowerShell in one way or another. Like me, you probably realize how powerful it is and how important it is going to be to have a good understanding of it but you haven't had time to site down and really dig in to it. Of course a great resource is the PowerShell...
  • Blog Post: Dynamically Provisioning Customized Virtual Machines with VMM

    There’s a good technical post over on Chris Adam’s blog about how to dynamically provision customized virtual machines by using System Center Virtual Machine Manager and unattend.xml. The unattend.xml file is used in combination with a sysprep’d image and applies customization (things like computer name...
  • Blog Post: Everything you ever wanted to know about VHDs

    The Virtual Hard Disk Getting Started Guide is 61 pages of great info outlining all the relevant scenarios, configurations, and options for using VHD files. This was release about 3 weeks ago but I missed it at the time due to training and TechReady9. The guide outlines basic scenarios like booting Windows...
  • Blog Post: Head-to-Head: Workflow Studio vs PowerShell for Automation

    Here’s an interesting and slightly amusing mock debate between Brandon Shell and Jason Conger on Citrix’s Workflow Studio vs PowerShell for automation . If you aren’t familiar with it, here is the description of what Workflow Studio is: “Citrix Workflow Studio™ is an infrastructure process automation...
  • Blog Post: From Virtualization to Dynamic IT

    Issue 24 of the Microsoft Architecture Journal focuses on virtualization. My paper, From Virtualization to Dynamic IT , has been published in this issue. My thesis: Virtualization is a critical infrastructure-architecture layer that is required for achieving higher IT-maturity levels, but several others...